Even though school is “back in session,” the upcoming Labor Day holiday is expected to bring people to the water to celebrate for one more warm weather weekend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers.
So far this year there have been 96 boating incidents, 9 boating incident-related fatalities and 33 total drownings on Georgia waters. Conservation rangers also have issued a total of 167 boating under the influence citations.
Along with a higher show of force out on the water, motorists who plan on traveling this weekend will also notice local law enforcement being more active.
Elberton Police Chief Mark Welsh said that officers in his department will be out in greater number over the Labor Day weekend.
“Just to let everybody know, officers are going to be out this weekend enforcing Operation Zero Tolerance, so if you drink and drive you will go to jail”, said Welsh. “Also, make sure that you buckle up. We don’t want to see anymore deaths during this travel holiday.”
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest holiday travel periods before the summer months officially come to a close.